Professional Pilot Program

Professional Pilot Training Program

Course Description

Do you want a career in the exciting field of aviation? With our Professional Pilot Training Program, you will be on your way to a career in aviation as a commercial pilot. You will be training with some of the finest instructors in Alaska today.  The program is designed to take you from Zero to Private, Instrument, Commercial & CFI with a guaranteed position as an instructor with Fly Around Alaska.

You will be immersed into the flying environment with a combination of ground, self-study and 250 hrs. in Cessna 172 and Mooney M20G complex aircraft.  This is not a program where a large portion of the training is done in the simulator, we believe that there is nothing like having the controls of the plane while you train.

The basic program can take up to 3 months to complete, this assumes there are no weather delays or unforeseen items out of our control.  This is a very aggressive program and requires the student to focus on studies and do a lot of Flying!!

The program includes all training materials, ground school and flight time.  Our program will be some of the most demanding training you will ever undergo.  The airlines and the military train this way for a reason… works!!

Retention with accelerated training is far superior compared to training that is spread out over several years… and it saves you money.  You will train in a relaxed environment, and we will do everything possible to make it a memorable experience.  No prior flight experience is required.

This course includes the flight and ground instruction to meet the needs of an average student with good English language skills and ability.  If you require more time to finish, we will work with you until you achieve your goal and become a Certified Private Pilot at our normal daily training rate. 

Upon completion of the program, you will be a Safe, Proficient, and Confident Commercial Instrument rated pilot and Certified Flight Instructor rating. 

Syllabus Based Training

There’s little doubt as to the efficiency of a good syllabus. There are very few part 61 schools that use this type of training.  Mostly because it requires dedication between the instructor and the student and they prefer to just take the easy approach and not use one.  We believe that the use of a syllabus is the only way to teach and it has many benefits, including:

  • Better standardization of both students and instructors.If an instructor has to cancel, another instructor can pick up the lesson and teach it without interruption if he knows where the student is in the program.
  • Lower costs for the student.Students are always looking to save money, and there’s nothing more annoying to them than feeling like they are spinning their wheels. With a syllabus, they can monitor their own progress and become more efficient as a result.
  • Whether we like to admit it or not, there are definitely times when students believe they are being ripped off. A syllabus puts everyone on the same page and allows both instructors and students to defend their decisions. This is especially true when the syllabus has completion standards for each lesson.

Medical Certificate

This physical must be conducted by an FAA-designated Airman Medical Examiner.  You will be asked to fill out an online FAA application and medical history form.  The doctor will check your vision, hearing, balance, and nose and throat. The doctor will determine that you do not have any mental or neurological problems such as alcoholism, epilepsy, psychosis, or a serious medical condition such as chronic heart disease or diabetes mellitus.

A second class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue:

  • Plus 12 calendar months while acting as a commercial pilot, at the end of 12 months it reverts to a third class and is good for and additional year.

If you have a medical condition (even a serious one); it is still possible for you to get your license.  However, you will need an AME to discuss your options (example, you may have to always fly with another licensed pilot present).

Knowledge Test

The airman knowledge test examines you on the concepts and information you learned in your training.  It is a computerized exam that is administer before you start flight training or shortly after.

You will have tests for the private, instrument, commercial and CFI. Topics that you can be tested on (in the knowledge test) range from the current FARs to air traffic control information to cross-country flight planning.

We provide you with an electronic based ASA profession pilot course that you will use to study for your written tests.  We have found these courses to be much more beneficial than the standard ground schools other flight schools offer.

Instructors and Location

Flight training at our Palmer, Alaska campus will be taught by one of our mature, friendly, and knowledgeable instructors.  Our instructors have been in aviation for many years and are Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine, including CFI and CFII for fixed wing single and multi-engine aircraft. 

Program Cost & Scheduling

The complete professional pilot program costs $62,625.00, including a 10,000.00 upfront deposit to confirm your position on the training schedule.  The balance ($52,625.00) is due ten days prior to the start of your program.  Payments are not refundable but can be used for rescheduling within six months.  We accept cash, checks, wire transfer, MasterCard, VISA, and American Express.

* Multi engine add on  $3,800.00

** CFII                          $1,900.00  

Financing Options

We know that the cost associated with flight training can be very expensive and hard to pay out of your pocket as you go.  We currently recommend two companies that are geared toward pilot training.  Here are the companies we recommend:

Pilot Finance Inc.        1-800-667-0201         

AOPA  Finance           1-800-627-5263